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Richard Esling

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Contains Sulphites - Friend or Foe?

Contains Sulphites - Friend or Foe?
"Contains Sulphites" Friend or Foe?

Words to strike the fear if God into you or superfluous information? Well, neither actually. It is a legal requirement that wines that contain sulphites must show the fact on the label. Since all wines contain sulphites, all wines have this information on...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Great Value Wines from The Wine Society

Great Value Wines from The Wine Society
Drinkable Wines can be Found Under £6 per bottle
The vexed and eternal question of "how much do you have to pay to get a decent bottle of wine?" The question itself is not as straight forward as it may seem, since it depends on A, what is your definition of...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Champagne Best for Celebrations

Champagne Best for Celebrations
Champagne the best for Celebrations.
 A headline in the Wine Trade Press caught my eye recently, concerning the plight, or otherwise, of champagne. Latest import figures for the UK showed that the quantity was down by some 3 million bottles, a ‘not insignificant quantity’ as John Major would have said. The...
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Richard Esling

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Calvados and Apple Pie......!

Calvados and Apple Pie......!
Keep away the Winter Blues with a little Apple Brandy

Mid-January and the end of year celebrations already seem like a distant memory. Winter weather is truly here and the first signs of Spring may still be a long way off, as we sit and look out at cold, grey skies...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Written by Richard Esling

Hop across the Channel for a little Re-stocking

Hop across the Channel for a little Re-stocking
Hop across the channel for a little re-stocking

Assuming that your only acknowledgement to 'Dry January' is to avoid sweet wines, now is the perfect time for a hop across the channel to re-stock the 'cellar', which has been ransacked and pillaged over the last few weeks. Living in the...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass

70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass
70 Burgundy Wines Served by the Glass

Every year in the third week of November, the most famous wine auction in the world takes place in Burgundy. This is the wine sale at the Hospices de Beaune and this year was no exception. Founded in 1443, the...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

Family of XII Adopted by Arundel Wine Society

Family of XII Adopted by Arundel Wine Society
Family of 12 Adopted by Arundel Wine Society
Much as the members of Arundel Wine Society support many of the local charities, this event was nothing to do with social services, but about a family of wine companies. In 2005, twelve of New Zealand’s most prestigious and enduring wineries got...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours wines from Languedoc

2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours wines from Languedoc
2 Star Michelin Chef Franck Putelat favours Wines from Languedoc

One of the most iconic fortified cities in South-west France is Carcassonne, located 60 miles south-west of Toulouse and about 50 miles inland from the Mediterranean. As you approach the old historic part of the city, it is...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

A Taste of the Future at Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

A Taste of the Future at Cité du Vin, Bordeaux
A Taste of the Future at Bordeaux’s Cité du Vin

If you ever needed another excuse to visit the fabulous city of Bordeaux (as if!), then this is it. The Cité du Vin opened its doors in June this year, the culmination of a huge project of three...
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Richard Esling

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Written by Richard Esling

The Golden Hills of Burgundy

The Golden Hills of Burgundy
The Golden Hills of Burgundy

Last week I was visiting vineyards in Burgundy, where some of the best, and most expensive, wines of the world are made. The Central area of the Burgundian vineyards is called the 'Cote d'Or' literally translated as 'The Golden Hill'. This name...
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